By Melissa Wynn
My favorite part of the Spring season here in MVL country is the rushing waters that race down the mountains roaring an announcement that Summer is soon to follow. The drive along Hwy 32 from Chico to the Hwy 36 intersection sports the babbling tune of Deer Creek on one side, with a tinkling accompaniment of moss covered weeping walls on the other. I have driven it every Spring and each brings a new wonder to my senses. Turn up the volume with a trip along the banks of the gushing Feather River tumbling through the rugged canyon along Hwy 89. From stunning Indian Valley , past the wondrous formation of St. Bernard Rock, to the Hwy 70 intersection. Keep going on Hwy 70 in either direction at the wye to follow the Feather River and its booming tune. If full blast and raw power are more your style, Burney Falls is the place to go year round. These massive, double thundering falls have been dubbed the “Eighth Wonder” due to their unique geology. There are two main flows off the top, which is not so unusual. What makes them truly unique is the numerous flows coming directly out of the rock behind and on both sides of the fabulous falls. These flows from below stem from an ancient underground aquifer. They feed the flow of the falls for the majority of the year. This aquifer of antiquity provides most of the one hundred million gallons of water per day that crashes over this breathtaking marvel of nature. Come wander the roadways in our neck of the woods, turn off the radio and leave the top down, the rushing waters of Spring in the Sierra are playing our song.
Some facts courtesy of www.eighthwonder.org